When Kathy Wriston and John Dwyer learned a local war veteran had to choose last fall between buying food and buying heating oil, they took action.

The Sherman residents reached out to help.

They enlisted others and formed the Matthew 25 Project through Holy Trinity Church in Sherman to provide nutritious meals for seniors in need.

"It was expeditious to set the project up through the church, as it was already established for community outreach," Mr. Dwyer said.

In June, its nonprofit incorporation papers came through and, now independent of the church, the Matthew 25 Project Inc., is expanding its reach.

At first, Ms. Wriston said, "We thought all the people in need were seniors."

Yet the group has found a need among out-of-work, single parents.

Now Matthew 25 Project needs more funds to help those families.

A fundraiser is scheduled July 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sail Harbor Clubhouse on Sail Harbor Drive.

The Sherman band Cripple Creek and other musicians will perform.

First Selectman Clay Cope serves on the Matthew 25 Project Committee.

"We all need help on occasion," Mr. Cope said. "I think we all know someone who is going through difficulties in this economy.

"What's wonderful is that the Matthew 25 Project is local, people reaching out to others in their own community."

Matthew 25 Project funding comes from private donations. The project provides three meals a week for 25 people who were identified as being "in need of assistance" by state guidelines, Mr. Dwyer said.

Sherman IGA provides the meals at cost and recipients pick them up at the store, remaining anonymous to their benefactors.

The IGA also is providing the food at cost to be sold at the July 28 fundraiser.

Tickets are available at the IGA and the Sherman Senior Center, or from John Dwyer: 860-355-5959.